Origin of the name HENRY.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name HENRY.
form of French Henri (q.v.), meaning "home ruler."
is a feminine form. Usage: America, Denmark, England, France,
Germany, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales.
... it must have been from the
reigning French monarch that William the Conqueror took Henry for his
youngest son, from whom the first Plantagenet King received and
transmitted it to his ungracious son, his feeble grandson, and through
him to the elder House of Lancaster, then to the younger, who for three
generations wore it on the throne, and for whose sake it was revived in
the House of Tudor. Its right native shape is Harry;
the other form is only an imitation of French spelling. (History of
Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)
der Vogler (876) (Henry the Fowler), the husband of Matilda the Good,
covered the name with glory; of such noble descent to begin with, and so
adorned, what wonder that it speedily spread through the length and
breadth of the land?
Indeed the name hardly needed the added glory of
saintship to urge its claims to popular favour amongst the nations of
Western Europe. Yet even this was granted it, for Henry the
Fowler's son, Henry Duke of Bavaria, had also a son called Henry, who
has since been canonized as a saint.
Born in 972, the child was early placed under the
care of St. Wolfgang, Bishop of Ratisbon, and from his earliest years
gave promise of great intellectual strength and piety. Henry
succeeded his father as Duke of Bavaria in 1002, and was chosen Emperor
upon the death of his cousin Otho III. In the following year he
was crowned King of Germany, and soon after his accession to the throne
resigned his Duchy in favour of his brother-in-law Henry surnamed
St. Henry did much towards fixing the canons of the
church, and by his courage, prudence, and clemency was instrumental in
quelling rebellion and enforcing justice.
In 1014 he went to Rome, where ten years after his
election he was formally crowned Emperor by Pope Benedict VIII., amidst
great pomp and rejoicing.
Henry restored the sees of Hildesheim, Magdeburg,
Strasburg and others, and endowed many churches and monasteries: he
warred continually against paganism and barbarity, and made Poland,
Bohemia, and Moravia tributaries of the Empire.
Henry died after a reign of twenty-two years, in
1024, and was canonized in 1152.
St. Henry of Treviso was a very different man.
Of humble parentage, his father's poverty deprived him of the means of
education, and he began life as a day-labourer. All his time that
was not employed in an actual struggle for existence, he spent in acts
of devotion, and leading a life of great privation he gave all he could
to those poorer even than himself. In Italy he is known as St.
Rigo, the Italian diminutive of Arrigo or Henry. (Girls'
Christian Names, Swan, 1905).